Animal Kingdom was the 4th park to open at Walt Disney World on April 22, 1998. It is the largest park in Walt Disney World covering more than 400 acres. 10.9 million guests visited the park in 2015 making it the 4th most visited park in the United States.
The park’s icon is The Tree of Life a 145 foot tree sculpture. The tree is engineered from a former oil platform and has 325 carvings.
Animal Kingdom is dedicated to a kingdom of real, ancient and imagined animals. In total there are around 2000 animals representing 300 species.
However, animals are not all you will find in this superb park. Animal Kingdom has some of the biggest E-Ticket attractions in Walt Disney World and after the opening of Pandora – World of Avatar this is at least a 2 day park.
Despite being the newest theme park at Walt Disney World it has plenty of interesting statistics and facts. Click the pictures to see some of our favorite facts.
To experience Animal Kingdom you should spend time planning your experience. In the past it was possible to do all the major attractions in one day but this is now impossible. The majority of guests will need 2 or even 3 days to experience the full park.
Not having a plan could mean you miss your top attractions.
It is important you understand about Fastpass+ before you visit and the key booking windows. Have a look at our guide to aid with the planning.
In addition you can only pre-book one Fastpass for either Na’vi River Journey or Flight of Passage. Due to the popularity of these attractions do not expect to get an extra Fastpass later in the day.
We have also created a selection of Top Tips to get the most out of your day at Animal Kingdom.
There are 7 lands in Animal Kingdom. The newest land Pandora – The World of Avatar opened in 2017.
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The Oasis is the Main Street, USA of Animal Kingdom. Guests enter this land after entering the park.
Located around the Tree of Life, Discovery Island is the main hub of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Discovery Island is home to It’s Tough to Be a Bug! and several animal trails.
This is one of my favourite lands in Animal Kingdom. The theming of the land is outstanding. Africa is home to the fantastic Kilimanjaro Safaris, Festival of the Lion King & the Pangani Forest Exploration Trails.
Reached via the Wildlife Express Train the area has a conservation station & petting zoo. If you are short for time a section to consider skipping.
Expedition Everest & Kali River Rapids are the big attractions here. In addition you will find the Maharajah Jungle Trek & the Flights of Wonder show.
Dinoland U.S.A. contains the excellent Finding Nemo: The Musical and Dinosaur.
The awful tacky Chester and Hester’s Dinorama contains Triceratops Spin and Primeval Whirl.
The newest area of Animal Kingdom opened in 2017 containing the unbelievable attractions Flight of Passage & Na’vi River Journey.
Read our guide to learn more about Pandora.
The park has 4 table service restaurants.
In addition there are several quick service restaurants throughout the park.
Rivers of Light is the first major night-time attraction at Animal Kingdom. This highly popular show features water fountains, barges, music and spectacular lighting. There are 11 barges in total.
The show is located in Discovery Lagoon between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest.
Learn more about Walt Disney World in our Beginners Guide including how to plan your trip.
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